This is one of 5 different ukes we just got from Rebel, each one an original. They ironically grouped these models under the name N.E.O.(Not Even Original). Peng explains their theory on this further down the page, but the bottom line is that these ukes are each unique but all have a wonderful voice.
The Alchemist was a recent custom offering from Rebel in limited numbers. The sound and quality has impressed those that got to try it, but at two thousand dollars it exceeded the budget many have. This new tenor has similar specs, but with a full solid spruce top, solid rosewood sides and back and offset soundhole. The tone is also very much like the Alchemist and we are able to offer it for much less cost to you.
Pictures AND video show the exact ukulele available here. Take a listen to a "dry" sound sample from Kalei Gamiao playing this tenor now available to you. This ukulele is setup with a low G set but we can set it up high G for you of you prefer that.
Our sound samples are recorded for true reference and have no alteration or enhancement. Use quality playback for the most accurate listening.
We asked Rebel owner Peng to give us some thoughts on the creation of this model and why they decided to call it the "Not Even Original".
N.E.O. (Not Even Original) “It is better to be good than to beoriginal.” once said Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, German-born American Architect, 1886-1969.He’s the person who made “Less is more” so well known. Neo comes from the ancient Greek word meaning young or new. This project was originated based on the three driving forces. First, to make a prototype by creating something new from the limited resources using controlled variables. Second, to build responsive ukuleles for different playing style. We believe that good sound is subjective and can vary. Third, to build semi-custom ukuleles at an affordable price range but yet very unique in style. We will not build the same style after this run so customers who support us will get a one-off unique-designed ukulele. That’s our way to say thank you for being the Rebel’s supporters. “Beyond Natural Selection,” our motto comes from Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution by natural selection. It said, to survive is to adapt. If a species fails to adapt to its environment, eventually it will die and extinct! Evolution may take extremely long time to see changes so we mimic that theory but put it in a shorter time span. The word “Original” is like a mantra and a highly desirable trait that designers would go to great lengths to pursuit. Once they found it, they seemed to get trapped in that mindset - being original being stagnant. Ironically, the “Original” seems to be vey faithful but at the same time, it’s a silly rule that proves itself to be dangerous to creativity. In the postmodern era, there seems to be an invisible force behind people pushing them to be unique, to find their own identity and to find their place in the society to be even recognizable.
Again, ironically, it’s the society that rolls itself back to the past whether it’s the retro style in music, fashion, beauty, design, etc. The world has come so far in the past few decades but what really changes are that we all look more alike nowadays. “Not Even Original” is because it’s not just an original. It’s totally something else. It’s not just a prototype to make more copies after. It’s the possibility to discover something new from old. “There is nothing new under the sun.” We keep asking ourselves this question and profoundly contemplating what our identity really is. We don't know the answer. There might not even be the answer. But to say the least we always keep changing, keep adapting and avoid getting trapped in the past. Being original is nothing to us. What excites us is the possibility to discover new things, new paths and to reach new heights. We don’t believe in the one and only highest point. The same goes for beauty. That’s the Rebel’s N.E.O!
Our goal as a store is to carry the absolute best ukuleles in the world. We are proud to offer you this ukulele, not just because it's very cool and different, but because of it's precise intonation, amazing big sound, and effortless playability.
This includes an canvas covered hardshell case and Herco humidifier. We only have this one so don't hesitate to add this amazing tenor to your collection.